SAHARA Las Vegas and Arizona Coyotes announce sports betting partnership

Arizona Coyotes Team Up With SAHARA Las Vegas on Sports Betting Partnership

The final professional sports team in Arizona announced its betting partner on Wednesday.

The Arizona Coyotes of the NHL, SAHARA Las Vegas, and Grand Sierra Resort in Reno have partnered to launch a new digital sports platform known as SaharaBets.

The new Arizona sports betting apps platform will be available for download starting on January 12. Alex Meruelo, majority owner of the Coyotes and owner of the SAHARA and Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, operates retail sportsbooks at both properties in partnership with William Hill. Caesars Entertainment acquired William Hill, an English company, in April 2021.

“Coyotes President and CEO Xavier A. Gutierrez expressed our commitment to providing our loyal fans with innovative and enjoyable experiences,” said Gutierrez in the press release. “Our partnership with SaharaBets will elevate gaming experiences for fans looking to showcase their competitive spirit.”

SaharaBets President Andrew Patterson expressed similar thoughts, characterizing the SAHARA-Coyotes partnership as mutually advantageous.

Patterson announced in the press release that SaharaBets is bringing the excitement and luxury of SAHARA Las Vegas to sports fans in Arizona. As the sports betting landscape evolves in the Valley, SaharaBets is thrilled to collaborate with the Coyotes organization to engage with fans through creative and engaging methods.

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What Happens to State Marketplace with Coyotes Departure

The Coyotes’ partnership with SAHARA marks the final addition to the group of eight Arizona sports teams that received mobile sports betting licenses from the Arizona Department of Gaming in August.

The Arizona Diamondbacks are partnered with Caesars Sportsbook Arizona, the Arizona Cardinals have teamed up with BetMGM Arizona, the Arizona Rattlers have joined forces with BetRivers Arizona, and the Phoenix Suns have partnered with FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona as they all begin operations.

DraftKings Sportsbook introduced the PGA Tour/TPC Scottsdale and Phoenix International Raceway (in partnership with Penn National Gaming/Barstool Sports) to Arizona in 2021.

Bally’s Arizona, owner of the Phoenix Mercury, is the only other sports team authorized to start operations with a license.

Only the Navajo Nation among the 10 licensed tribes in Arizona has not yet revealed their partner. The Hualapai Tribe, in partnership with Golden Nugget, and the San Juan Paiute Tribe, in partnership with Digital Gaming, have not yet begun their operations.

Organizations such as tribes and sports teams that have been granted licenses for sports betting must commence operations within 180 days of the start of sports betting on September 9th. Any entities that fail to launch by March 8th will forfeit their licenses back to the state.

A representative from Bally’s Arizona confirmed to that the company will meet the deadline and be operational.

Attempts to reach out to the Navajo Nation, Hualapai Tribe, Golden Nugget, San Juan Paiute Tribe, and Digital Gaming were unsuccessful as no response was received.

Who is authorized to conduct operations in Arizona?

In August, the ADG granted licenses to a total of 18 operators, with 10 being affiliated with tribes and the other 8 with professional sports teams.

The tribes mentioned in the 2021 compact are permitted to offer retail sportsbook services on their tribal lands without requiring a license. In recent times, the Ak-Chin Indian Community, Gila River Indian Community, Tohono O’odham, and Pascua Yaqui Tribe have all introduced retail sportsbooks.

Sports Betting Licensees
  • Fubo Gaming is located within the Ak-Chin Indian Community.
  • Arizona Cardinals (BetMGM Arizona)*
  • Arizona Coyotes (SaharaBets)
  • The Arizona Diamondbacks are partnered with Caesars Sportsbook in Arizona.
  • Arizona Rattlers (BetRivers Arizona)*
  • SuperBook Sports has formed a partnership with the Fort Mohave Indian Tribe.
  • The McDowell Yavapai Nation operates Betfred Arizona.
  • Hualapai Tribe (Golden Nugget)
  • Navajo Nation (TBA)
  • Phoenix Mercury (Bally Bet)
  • Phoenix Speedway is a joint venture between Penn National Interactive and Barstool Sports.
  • The Phoenix Suns are featured on Arizona’s FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Quechan Tribe (Unibet Arizona)*
  • The San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe’s foray into digital gaming.
  • WynnBET Arizona joins forces with the San Carlos Apache Tribe.
  • Kambi Group has formed a partnership with the Tohono O’odham Nation.
  • TwinSpires Sportsbook Arizona, operated by the Apache Tribe of Tonto
  • You can now find TPC Scottsdale in Arizona on DraftKings Sportsbook.
Tribal Sportsbooks
  • The Caesars Sportsbook located within the Ak-Chin Indian Community.
  • The BetMGM Arizona platform is operated by the Gila River Indian Community.
  • Pascua Yaqui Tribe’s Scientific Gaming
  • Yavapai-Apache Nation (IGT PlaySports)

Operations have begun.



Peterson Christopher

Peterson Christopher, with over seven years of experience covering sports and sports betting in Arizona for outlets such as, the Tucson Weekly, and the Green Valley News, now holds the position of lead writer at

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